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Dylan O’Brien Joins Movie "SNL 1975"

Wed 31 Jan 2024 | 03:05 PM
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Teen Wolf alum Dylan O’Brien has been tapped to play Dan Aykroyd in Sony Pictures’ "SNL 1975".

Lamorne Morris, Cory Michael Smith and Matt Wood have also joined the cast.

Morris is set to portray Garrett Morris, while Smith has landed the role of Chevy Chase, while Matt Wood is joining the cast as John Belushi.

Jason Reitman is directing the pic for Sony Pictures from a script he co-wrote with Gil Kenan.

(L-R) Lamorne Morris playing Garrett Morris, Dylan O’Brien playing Dan Aykroyd, Cory Michael Smith playing Chevy Chase, and Matt Wood playing John Belushi

It is based on the real-life behind-the-scenes accounts of the opening episode of Saturday Night Live.

On October 11, 1975, a ferocious troupe of young comedians and writers changed television forever. 

SNL 1975 is the true story of what happened behind the scenes that night in the moments leading up to the first broadcast of NBC’s SNL. 

It depicts the chaos and magic of a revolution that almost wasn’t, counting down the minutes in real time to the infamous words, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”.

The screenplay is based on an extensive series of interviews conducted by Reitman and Kenan with all the living cast members, writers and crew. 

Reitman, Kenan, Jason Blumenfeld, Erica Mills and Peter Rice are producing.

O’Brien was most recently seen starring in "Ponyboi", which premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at this month’s Sundance Film Festival. 

Up next, he will be seen in the feature films Caddo Lake, from the writing-directing team of Logan George and Celine Held and producer M. Night Shyamalan, and Anniversary, a thriller co-starring Diane Lane, Kyle Chandler, Zoey Deutch and Phoebe Dynevor. 

His other credits include Searchlight feature Not Okay from writer-director Quinn Shephard; the crime drama The Outfit opposite Mark Rylance, Deutch and Johnny Flynn; Paramount’s Love and Monsters; and the popular Maze Runner franchise.